CARE Norges innspill til Norges prioriteringer under CSW68

5.februar 2024

Norway should focus on gender-just crisis recovery, a gender-just green transition, and strengthen women’s economic rights and opportunities, all which are a key lever of achieving gender justice: This mean integrating a gender-focus in its response and recovery policies in the context of polycrises and long-term development.

Actions should include:

  • In an economic crisis response and recovery, a focus needs to be placed on women and girls, mitigating the impact a crisis has on their lives and livelihoods, addressing structural gender inequalities (care, social protection), and strengthening women’s leadership (on the frontline of the crisis response), with emphasis on women led and women rights organizations.
  • Increase ambition and invest in building caring economies, in line with the feminist concept of the 5Rs, by generating new and decent care work (overall global target is 80 million decent care jobs), and increasing ODA for care, social services and social protection (overall target is 10% of public financing – i.e., aid and tax – for care, social services and social protection)
  • Work towards gender-just economies, especially in the context of the green transition. The transition to green economies promises 65million new jobs by 2030, but without a focus on gender equality, it likely will widen gender gaps in the world of work and leave women and girls worse off. Key action areas: integrate gender equality as a priority across the green transition (including through using sex-age-disability disaggregated data); address gender barriers/build caring economies see above and generate decent green work opportunities for women including by recognising and investing in low carbon jobs such as care and social jobs as green jobs (in addition to upskilling, training, STEM education etc).  The emphasis on gender in the green transition, and ask to recognise care work as green work, are our main.

Context:

  • Current crises and the pandemic have reversed hard-gained wins on poverty, and it has also rolled back progress on inequalities.
  • We’re in a context of polycrises – climate, the pandemic / ongoing COVID crisis, and conflict - as we’re currently seeing all around the world (Gaza, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen…). All of them disproportionately impact women and girls – and it is in our hands to turn the tide – invest in humanitarian support and peacebuilding, gender equality and development results, women’s, and girls’ leadership.
  • Women and girls are disproportionately impacted by crises because of structural inequalities – such as inequity in unpaid care or lack of social protection and other safety nets in the informal sector.